Disasters & Accidents

Camp Lutherwood

A 60 year-old camp’s main lodge burned down last Friday near Fern Ridge Lake. Camp Lutherwood, which hosts schools and youth groups year round, is working hard to rebuild after a tragic electrical fire. 

WIllamette National Forest

Are you, your property, and your neighborhood prepared for wildfire season? That's the focus of an upcoming community information session Wednesday evening in Eugene.

Benton County

Following heavy floods, Benton County declared a state of emergency Thursday. This allows the county to be reimbursed from the state for the extra personnel hours and infrastructure damage.


Brian Bull / KLCC

Recent extreme weather and other factors have caused a blood shortage across the Pacific Northwest.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, demand for donors is high.

Lane County Sheriff

Despite some sunbreaks today, more rain is expected. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office urges people to stay out of flood waters.

City of Eugene

The Willamette Valley has been pummeled with an unusual rain storm. It’s caused flooding and downed trees and spurred evacuations along the Row River and Coast Fork of the Willamette.

American Red Cross

A Level 3 Evacuation Notice has been issued for residents living in the Row River and Coast Fork 100-year floodplains.

Jaycob McFarland

A Eugene family visiting Oakridge this weekend is stuck there, after a landslide closed off Highway 58.

National Weather Service

Area rivers are swollen and continue to rise Monday.  The National Weather Service reports that, as of 10:15 am Monday, the Coast Fork of the Willamette river at Goshen was at 15.69 feet. The flood stage is 13 feet.

Lane County Emergency Management is closely monitoring river levels and evacuation orders have been issued for residents who live within the 100-year floodplains of Row River and the Coast fork of the Willamette River between Dorena Reservoir and Mt. Pisgah.

Brian Bull / KLCC

An earthquake preparedness program drew nearly 200 people to South Eugene High School last night. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the essentials of surviving a Cascadian event was the focus.

Douglas Electric Co-op

It’s been just about a month since southwest Oregon was hit with a historic snowfall that put thousands of people in the dark for many days. Douglas County Electric Cooperative was hit especially hard.

Oregon Office Of State Fire Marshal

A mid-March blaze that forced evacuations in Oregon is a reminder that the most active part of wildfire season is still to come. 

Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah

Lane County will re-open some trails on Mt. Pisgah on Saturday, after the park was closed for nearly 3 weeks. 

Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah

One of Lane County’s most popular parks remains closed indefinitely due to last month’s snowstorm. 

Douglas Electric Cooperative

Across southern Oregon, more and more utility customers are getting hooked up with power after heavy snowstorms last month caused massive outages.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has this update.

Brian Bull / KLCC

With a so-called “Cascadia event” expected to hit the Pacific Northwest anytime now, earthquake detection and warning systems are more crucial than ever. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports that the University of Oregon has received $400,000 in federal funds to help its efforts.

Inside a campus seismology lab, Leland O’Driscoll runs a simulation on the ShakeAlert program, where an 8.0 magnitude earthquake has hit the Washington coast.

“EARTHQUAKE…LIGHT SHAKING EXPECTED IN 113 SECONDS…” blares the speaker.

“We see on the screen there’s a yellow circle, emanating out of the earthquake epicenter," explains O'Driscoll.  He's Oregon Seismic Network Manager at the U of O. He says with seconds of advance warning, trains can be halted, emergency generators activated, and people can find shelter.

This is all part of an implementation plan involving seismic stations being developed with the University of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey. O’Driscoll says they’re about halfway there.

“What that means in terms of station counts, is that we’re looking at about 550 or stations in Oregon and Washington.”

The $400,000 is both continued operational funds, and a one-time capital fund appropriation that’s tied to a $10 million Congressional allocation from last year.

Brian Bull, KLCC News.

Larrynn Jill / Flickr

The unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service says “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” But after last week’s major winter storm, letter carriers are still playing catch up in some hard hit areas.

GoogleMaps Satellite View

Utility EWEB plans to start 16 projects in April.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, four of them will put underground power lines in Eugene’s South Hills.

Jen McCulley / Springfield Public Schools

Thurston High School’s auxiliary gym suffered major damage in last week’s snowstorm. The Springfield Public School Board wasted no time in addressing the situation and the structure was quickly demolished.

A janitor first noticed a crack in a beam mid-week, and by Friday, a large section of the roof had completely given way. No one was hurt.

David Geitgey Sierralupe / Flickr.com

Emergency response crews had their hands full last week, as heavy snowfall caused outages and disrupted traffic and operations throughout the region.

Brian Bull / KLCC

It’s been a week now since heavy snows buried much of southwest Oregon, in one of the worst storms in the region’s history. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

City parks and other open spaces across the Eugene-Springfield area remain open for visitors.  However, officials warn people to be wary as heavy winter storm damage can make local parks and trails hazardous.

EWEB

Crews continue make progress restoring power to area residents, though many still remain without electricity.

EWEB

Most current information on the continued snowstorm response and after effects (updated at 10:00 a.m, March 2nd).

Lane County Search and Rescue

[SEE BELOW: Extended interview with Lane County Search and Rescue Coordinator Tim Chase]

As snow began to pile up on Sunday night, calls to Lane County Search and Rescue came from stranded motorists. Since then, hundreds of trained volunteers have been mobilized to help with welfare checks and full-fledged rescue missions.

Eugene Family YMCA

Eugene Family YMCA is open to anyone in the community who needs a place to stay warm, charge phones or a hot shower. Entrance is free and no membership is required to use the facilities.

The YMCA is located across from South Eugene High School and will be open until 10 pm today.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Many people across Lane County are hoping to have power restored since a foot and a half of snow fell across the area since Sunday evening. Among them is KLCC’s Brian Bull, whose home in South Eugene has lacked electricity since Monday. He shares this update on conditions in the area.

It isn’t going to warm up very much in western Oregon over the next few days. But other than a few passing flurries or snow showers, there isn’t any accumulating snow in the forecast, either. High temperatures will struggle to reach the mid-40’s through the weekend.

Emerald People's Utility District

Thousands of people are without power for a third straight day in Lane County and other parts of southwest Oregon. Utilities are bringing in crews from around the region to help restore electricity as quickly as possible following Monday’s snow storm. But people in the hardest-hit areas could have a long wait ahead of them. Callers to the Emerald People’s Utility District were greeted with a message on Wednesday telling them that “we do not have an estimated time of repair, and we are encouraging customers to make alternative arrangements for up to a week while we restore power.”

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